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Pinehurst, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 12m 52s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Cereal and hard boiled egg.
Event warmup:

Arrived at 6:15am at parking field. yes there are burrs, so pick up bike and check tires. Picked up packet, got marking and potty stop all by 6:40am and beat the lines. by 7:20 the line to potty was really long.
  • 32m
  • 1500 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

At Harris Lake I got a face full of water about 10feet into it - went into full panic mode and never got over it. Simulated drowning is a strong force on my little brain. This time let the wave start - took it easy and stayed right and had a wonderful, relaxing experience. still can't swim straight. but I remembered to roll, kept under control, and really enjoyed the swim.
What would you do differently?:

more sighting in last 750M. I fell into a complacent mode and dig some zigging and zagging. also, I did 0 kicks for the swim. In the future, that might be good to do.
Transition 1
  • 00m

it was cold, so I pulled on a long sleeve shirt. (gloves attached to bike). should have dried upper arms prior to shirt pull on. Also, like an idiot, I got wetsuit down around waist per plan, but totally forgot to remove cap while running.
What would you do differently?:

small towel on handlebars to dry body before putting on 2nd layer.
  • 1h 45m
  • 30 miles
  • 17.14 mile/hr

executed nutrition plan, almost, with 1/2 a clif bar and 200 calories of gatorade. Two water bottles of gatorade and one of water. no cramps, all digested with ease - should have eaten more.
What would you do differently?:

probably could have downed another 200+ calories if I was smarter or had been using GUs. maybe took it too easy.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Sorry to the dirty look I gave the volunteer 10M before dismount. She was SCREAMING at us to "SLOW DOWN!!!" and gave me an especially frantic "SLOOOW DOWN!!!!". Expert hot dismount. little smile to self for that volunteer.
What would you do differently?:

So, every time I run I practice lifting both shoes: Putting on right, putting on left, then race belt and cap in hand I go. During race: I put on right shoe, then DROP my left show. And in total race funk, I just sort of stare at the shoe on the ground. And slightly panic and think "what do I do now?!" Genuinely did not know, for like 2 seconds, how to proceed. :-) I picked it up and got back to business.
  • 52m
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

I rarely run on asphalt, and this is why. just not designed to run on the road. kept a very even pace, I would bet negative splits. Drinks every mile. Oh, and to that guy at mile 5 who said "it's all downhill from here!" you lied to me. and it hurt. there were at least 2 more hills.
What would you do differently?:

I scouted the course in warm-up and thought we cross the dam, then go around the road, turn into the marina and finish just off Denichilo court. No. You cross the dam, then peel off to the right, maybe another 80 yards - not the 200 w/ hill I was expecting. thus no sprint. well, now I know how far 0.2 miles can be. lesson learned.

Post race
Warm down:

Dear Race Organizers, I want to change out of my tri-shorts and would have loved to use that building. But instead we crammed 78" of tiredness into a port-a-potty to switch shorts. Not cool Zeus.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Aerobically I was quite comfortable, but just don't have that "suffering" gene that the others seem to have. This was only my second tri, and had a much better swim and understand the distance a little more. Next year I'll break 3hrs.

Event comments:

Thanks to organizers and volunteers! Smooth race.

Only regret was there was a military contingent with matching uniforms that was taking a picture together near the awards. We should have stopped the awards and given them a little appreciation. Thanks for defending the country guys, we appreciate your work and sacrifice.

Last updated: 2011-10-03 12:00 AM
00:32:00 | 1500 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: full suit
Course: left turns, two buoys, triangle course. the guide buoys were decoy, know where the triangle buoys are located. The light was funny on the far side of the course, where you would swim in sunshine, then shade. be prepared, it was an odd effect to suddenly go into darker water.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:45:00 | 30 miles | 17.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: For the record, I am on a regular road bike, circa 1995 vintage. No excuse, but this was 17mph of slowness. it's a nice course - the volunteers were great at each turn. one like 3 mile section of bumpy road, and one serious bridge bump (mile 14.5 maybe?) that was expertly bunnyhopped and littered with ejected water bottles. find that bridge before the race. The last 10 miles were on great pavement and a lot of fun.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:00 | 06.21 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: not much flat - very hilly course. rolling.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-10-03 3:08 PM


Subject: Pinehurst International Triathlon

2011-10-03 5:34 PM
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Kinston, NC
Subject: RE: Pinehurst International Triathlon
nice race.  i too felt like the bike was so slow. the hills and wind took their toll on me. 
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